Litigating a Personal Injury Claim: Depositions

If you and your Florida personal injury attorney decide that the best course of action for you to recover the damages you deserve is a lawsuit, you have to be prepared to give depositions at some point. A deposition is simply any testimony that is given out of court. They usually occur in an attorney’s office (yours or the defendant’s) and will usually involve the defendant’s attorney asking you a series of questions pertaining to your injury, your accident, and your medical history. Typically, your answers may be transcribed a court reporter. In recent years, some attorneys elect to record a video instead of, or in conjunction with, a traditional transcriber. Whatever form the deposition takes, copies of it will be made available to all attorneys working on the case, as well as to the insurance company. The deposition is very important for a several reasons. First, this will likely be your first contact with the defense attorney, and the first impression you make will be very important. If the defense attorney senses that you are unsure about your testimony, settlement becomes much less likely. Another reason depositions are extremely important is that they will likely be your first experience testifying. Many of the rules that apply to testifying in court apply to depositions, as well. Since you will have to testify during your trial, it is good that you will be familiar with the rules ahead of time. If you have to litigate, having an experienced Florida personal injury attorney on your side is vital. Call Florida personal injury attorney John Fagan today for a free initial consultation.

About John Fagan

John is a Jacksonville native who grew up on the First Coast. He graduated from Bishop Kenny High School in 1975 and went to college at Florida State University where he completed a 4-year program in 3 years. John graduated from the Florida State University College of Business in 1978 and went straight into Florida State University College of Law. While in law school, John earned a position on the prestigious Law Review Board serving as its Business Editor. As a law student, John studied in the Oxford program. He also interned with the Florida Legislature working in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee. John was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1981. John began his legal career as a law school intern in the State Attorney's Office in Jacksonville in 1981. After his internship, legendary State Attorney Ed Austin hired John as a full-time Assistant State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties). As a prosecutor, John tried jury and non-jury trial on charges ranging from DUI to Murder. In 1983, John moved from the State Attorney's Office to begin his career in private practice. He has practiced law for 30 years on the First Coast. For the last 20 years, John and his family have made Clay County their home. John limits his practice to personal injury and disability cases. While there are many fine attorneys in Clay County, John is one of only a few Clay County attorneys who limit their practice to personal injury and disability cases. John takes pride in helping clients resolve injury claims in ways that avoid the stress, uncertainty, and the expense of unnecessary litigation. Professional Activities John is the past President of the Clay County Bar Association and has served on the Board of the Clay County Bar Association from 2009-2013. He is an active member of the Florida Bar, and the Federal Bar of the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida. He is also a member of the American Association of Justice, the Florida Association of Justice, the National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives, and the National Organization of Veterans' Advocates. Service to the Community John is involved in the Clay County Community serving as a member and Director of the Rotary Club of Orange Park, of the Clay County Bar Association, and the Putnam County Bar Association.
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